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Learn 8 (The Case Study for Sharing Traditional/Indigineous Knowledge through Trainings)

THE CASE STUDY - THE BARE FOOT COLLEGE PROMOTING PRODUCTIVE EMPOYMENT FOR YOUTH IN INDIA

The Bare Foot College Case study basically provides the idea of informal technical/skills development institutions for the potential young persons. The idea has provided least cost solution to the community to gain their indigenous knowledge and utilize it for their betterment. The reason I have picked up this case study because It has relevance to my Country also. In Pakistan we have similar type of interventions working to help Youth in Pakistan to acquire marketable skills and get job.

The idea of the BARE FOOT COLLEGE is exciting because everything already exists in the world, there is only need to polish the idea and bring it into the real world for action. In fact the former subcontinent (India and Pakistan) had vast indigenous knowledge based solutions for the area and subcontinent relied heavily on this precious source of knowledge and wisdom. The beauty of the Bare Foot College is to target existing issues/challenges through local solutions and the knowledge sharing is very easy, low cost and effective. The identified areas for skills development are based on the need and requirement of the community and availability of the trainers/teachers/experts on it. Secondly the Trainers/Specialist on Indigenous knowledge offers quality training with personal touch/care in addition which has far reaching impact on the learning abilities of youth and adults. The experts/trainers are also used in the Technical Institutions/Formal Education because of the practicability of their knowledge and long practical experience.

The BARE FOOT COLLEGE also helps to match the different skills with potential trainees which at the end provide productive resource for the development of that village/community. The attention has been on sharing of knowledge and looking that knowledge in practical perspective. It has challenged the theoretical and un practical wisdom held with degrees qualified personnel. In last this type of informal setting has boosted confidence of the local community and has generated the trust/belief in them to go for learning and find skillful/technical work to maintain subsistence level than sitting idle.

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Comment by Reid Falconer on April 27, 2010 at 9:54am
Brilliant initiative. I love this project, I choose Bunker Roy (Founder of the Barefoot College) as my hero in ACT1, take a look - http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/act1-my-hero-bunker-roy
Comment by Edwige Lelievre on April 27, 2010 at 9:58am
This is a cool project ! Can you please give us samples of what skills are learned through the bare foot college (or equivalent in Pakistan) ?
Comment by Reid Falconer on April 27, 2010 at 10:17am
All people that attend the barefoot college irrespective of age are being trained to work as day and night school teachers, doctors, midwives, dentists, health workers, solar engineers, solar cooker engineers, water drillers, hand pump mechanics, architects, artisans, designers, masons, communicators, water testers, phone operators, blacksmiths, carpenters, computer instructors and accountants. They take the knowledge that they have learned and implement it into their own villages
Comment by M. on April 29, 2010 at 2:59am
Here's a video of an interview with the founder for folks who are interested: http://www.urgentevoke.com/video/interview-with-the-founder-of
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on April 29, 2010 at 6:04am
thanks reid for responding Edwig

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